National Statistics

Search and rescue helicopter quarterly statistics: October to December 2018

Civilian search and rescue helicopter activity statistics in the United Kingdom, from October to December 2018.


Search and rescue helicopter statistics: October to December 2018 data tables

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Statistics on civilian search and rescue helicopter (SARH) activity in the United Kingdom, based on details of taskings recorded by the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC).

During October to December 2018:

  • there were 515 civilian SARH taskings
  • Lee-On-Solent responded to the most taskings (75)
  • 43% of taskings involved rescue or recovery
  • land and coastal based taskings accounted for 55% and 30% of all taskings respectively, with 15% of taskings being maritime
  • 377 people rescued and 40 people assisted across all taskings
  • 95 (18%) taskings took place in beach or cliff areas
  • 68 (13%) in mountainous areas
  • 66 (13%) tasked to vessels in distress
  • 286 (56%) recorded as other

Notes and guidance

Notes and definitions and guidance about quality of these statistics is available.

Interactive dashboard

Explore the data via our interactive search and rescue helicopter statistics dashboard covering SARH taskings from April 2015 onwards.

Changes to these statistics

From the June 2018 release, the department is proposing to discontinue data tables SARH0104 and SARH0105 as analysis shows that these tables appear to receive minimal user interest. The existing SARH0112 (record level data table) includes all the data included in these tables. The department also proposes to discontinue the following data tables, SARH0107, SARH0108, SARH0109, SARH0110 and SARH0111 as they also receive minimal user interest. However, there will be no loss of data from these changes as all the data will be incorporated into SARH0112.

The department also proposes to make changes to the frequency of the release, which would see two reporting periods per year rather than four, reflecting a summer and winter trend. We welcome any feedback from users on the proposed changes.

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Search and rescue helicopter statistics

Published 13 March 2019